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Publisher's Summary

Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media. As the community lines up to judge the woman and her miracle, Dellarobia confronts her family, her church, her town, and a larger world, in a flight toward truth that could undo all she has ever believed.

Flight Behavior takes on one of the most contentious subjects of our time: climate change. With a deft and versatile empathy Kingsolver dissects the motives that drive denial and belief in a precarious world.

©2012 Barbara Kingsolver (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

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Big Disappointment

What would have made Flight Behavior better?

A more interesting story. This one was repetitive and even the end promised a life where nothing new was ever going to happen to the characters.

What could Barbara Kingsolver have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Barbara Kingsolver's profession is writing. She should have allowed a professional to do the reading and maybe that would have put some life into a dull story.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She simply read it and her voice is not dramatic. She did not act it out.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I kept waiting for something to happen and was disappointed that nothing did.

Any additional comments?

I believe this book was a best seller because of the author's reputation. I don't remember writing a review for this site previously, but I was motivated to do so because of the other reviews I read about this book. One writer agreed with me but I think everyone else read a different book!

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Fantastic reading by the author!

Which character – as performed by Barbara Kingsolver – was your favorite?

I think anyone who listens will immediately think of Kingsolver's performance of Ovid. Certainly, it was entertaining and interesting to hear Kingsolver perform what she was undoubtedly hearing as she wrote the words.

As far as my favorite character, I'd have to go with Dovey. Oh, Dovey.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a sheep birthing scene that is particularly moving. Kingsolver has a talent for making the potentially mundane meaningful.

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Great Narration

Would you listen to Flight Behavior again? Why?

Barbara is a very good reader. I don't often care for author narration. But this book couldn't be read better.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line of the Monarch Butterflies

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Kingsolver bests her best

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book should be required reading for everyone. Her descriptions are great and her portrayal of East Tennessee life is spot on.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

Kingsolver often speaks profound truths couched in casual conversation. I am looking for a printed version of this book so I can underline those sections as I did in her book, Poisonwood Bible.

What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I was pleased with how she handled the voices and accents. Very professional.

Any additional comments?

Can we send Sarah Palin a copy? She might be able to understand climate change then.

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Barbara Kingsolver as narrator

What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

I loved Barbara Kingsolver as narrator. Her Appalachian twang, intonation, and emotion were perfect. I must admit I listened at 1.25 speed which helped immensely.

Any additional comments?

There was more to the book than just a plot. The author clearly researched her subject and it was an interesting learning experience,

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Lovely!

What made the experience of listening to Flight Behavior the most enjoyable?

I loved the main character, how she evolves, and how she reconciles her reality and dreams.

What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

Her voice is very sweet and pretty. She paced the reading well.

Any additional comments?

I love this author. Her stories and characters are complex and easy to to relate to.

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Kingsolver Delights!

What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

I always appreciate learning something new about the world of science and nature through the plots of Kingsolver's novels. In addition to learning about butterflies and ecology through Flight Behavior, I also had the chance to reflect on marriage, parenting, friendship and being a woman who loves to study and grow while staying true to herself and her family.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Delarobia (I'm not sure of the spelling since I listened to the book!)

What about Barbara Kingsolver’s performance did you like?

I appreciated that her inflection emphasized the sections she wanted emphasized as the authore. Her voice is very calming to listen to as well.

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I love Dellarobia

Where does Flight Behavior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Flight behavior is a wonderful book! It is typically the kind of book that I prefer to read than to listen to. The words are beautiful, but the story doesn't move quickly. That said, I enjoyed listening to this a lot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dellarobia Turnbow is a wonderful character. She is brilliant and her non-pretentiousness makes her an easy character to cheer for.

What does Barbara Kingsolver bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kingsolver's voice is beautiful and her narration adds depth the story. The only issue I had was that her voice is so velvety and relaxing, that I would be overly-relaxed on my commute.

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A Boring Tale of People I don't want to know

This is a tale of unremarkable people stuck in lives I really don't want to know about. To be candid, I could not finish it. In fact I could not stand it after 2 hours of listening. Maybe the story perked up later but I did not have the patience to finish.

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Should be on the curriculum for literature courses

This book was beautifully written, with many literary devices thrown in, making it really rich for analysis. The main character was so believable and I couldn't help but sympathize with her reflections on her own choices. The main theme of irrevocable choices and the paths they lead us down was common both to the character's life and the state of the planet, as illustrated by the butterflies. The message at the end -- that we can get off the path, but it's really hard -- reverberated again in personal choices and global ones. There are also some interesting points of reflection: that we have to make some hard choices in personal consumption to avoid environmental disasters, and that for many, these aren't even choices -- just the way poorer people live. Also that we tend to choose our personal beliefs based on the people we associate with, rather than thinking critically for ourselves, and that it becomes difficult to even begin to think critically, because we are only paying attention to those who believe what we believe. The juxtaposition of this Appalachian shotgun-housewife with a Caribbean/American entomologist sets the stage for reflexivity and change. I love that Barbara Kingsolver read the book herself -- her reading is lyrical.